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Comment on Not bugs, but features: Or, adaptation is harder than you’d think by Ed

Mon, 02 May 2016 02:12:17 +0000

I agree completely - there is no automatic connection between the two, and without serious thinking about how to link humanitarian assistance and development assistance, it is entirely possible that an emergency effort could hinder or disrupt future development.

Comment on Not bugs, but features: Or, adaptation is harder than you’d think by Serena

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:32:12 +0000

May also indicate quite how much emergency aid hinders and disrupts more genuine long-term development.

Comment on Development, Donors, and (the lack of) SDG politics by Ed

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:28:49 +0000

Sam: As much as I would like to see civil society weigh in, I feel like that process has taken place indirectly through the open working groups of the SDGs, which allowed a hell of a lot of groups to weigh in. The result was the something-for-everyone laundry list that we now have in front of us. Civil society is unlikely to work together to give us meaningful priorities, because it is itself fractured by interests. That said, I would love to see real activism around these goals...but I think the leverage points are now with the many initiatives that are meant to achieve these goals. Perhaps there, at that smaller scale, civil society can weigh in productively...

Comment on Development, Donors, and (the lack of) SDG politics by Jindra Cekan, PhD

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:33:33 +0000

I cannot more emphatically agree! It is shocking to me that we are not prioritizing or even defining clearly what the 'sustainable' in sustainable development goals are. This leads to a 'kitchen sink' lack of justification for all investments, policies, programs as Edward said. Unless we look at not only prioritizing the 'sustainable' development goals but also defining sustainability in terms of what countries could self-sustain after we leave, we do our real clients (our participants and partners) and enormous disservice. It appears that we do not value real country-led development as we do not return to the field after our projects closed down to evaluate what is still standing 99% of the time. Not least of which is that by not returning 2-7 years afterwards to really examine what withstood the test of time and withdrawal of foreign resources but also not thereby evaluating the quality of our own project design assumptions and implementation. Not doing this also undervalues what local actors have catalyzed themselves, bouncing off our inputs and outputs to wholly-unimagined impacts they have created. At minimum we should look at what activities or resources we should never do again. Ultimately even if we narrow to our own donor-country interests, we need to have a clear sense for our own taxpayers on the ROI - the return on our multi-million dollar investments. Time to change now at the start rather than another 15 years from now

Comment on Development, Donors, and (the lack of) SDG politics by Sam

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:30:53 +0000

Nope, If DFID does it again, we will struggle with another decade of "coordination"or "resilience". I would rather have the Civil society or the world impose their view. NOT like they seem to be accepting the current stalemate on global warming, but with some real activism. It seems to me also that the only SDG that will survive climate change will be climate change. A pity, I would like to see something real happen on inequality, but normally this is done by unions, not governments nor NGOs.

Comment on A Sort of Homecoming by Erika

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:35:03 +0000

Congratulations, this is much deserved. I am now a master's student in Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, and would be happy to try to get you in touch with partners in the Netherlands if that would interest you :)

Comment on A Sort of Homecoming by Tom Paulson

Sat, 23 May 2015 03:03:41 +0000

Congrats Ed! Sounds like a great new adventure.

Comment on DOIs, The Winnower, and Open the Echo Chamber by SB

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:15:14 +0000

I had a look. Easy to comment on articles. But 1) If you use their search function, your name, Edward Carr, does not come up. They also do not have an user friendly author page. 2) Then, on setting up an account, I discovered I was given a "WOrdpress key" . I though it would be simple to use this to transfer across my own academic blogs. Sadly no - there is no information on the Winnower or on Wordpress on how to use this key. On Wordpress, it only tells yo uhow to copy to another one of your own blogs. In the absence of using that key, they say you have to upload an .htm file with the images loaded separately. Not a Word file. I suspect for many people like me, with only an Office suite on their computer (Word makes bad html) this will be an impediment. So how did you do it?